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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series, held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, holds fast to its schedule at mid-month, then tosses a World Series curve Oct. 28 with a special Monday version.

On Oct. 16, Dr. Ronald C. Desrosiers will speak on "A Role for Auxiliary Genes in the Pathogenesis of AIDS." He is professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and chairman, division of microbiology, New England Regional Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School. He is hosted by the Virology and Clinical Research Interest Groups.

Dr. Baldomero M. Olivera visits Oct. 23 to discuss "Using Deadly Cone Snails to Learn Drug Design and Probe Nervous Systems." (See story on p. 1.)

On Monday, Oct. 28, Georgetown University linguistics professor and bestselling author Dr. Deborah Tannen visits at 3 p.m. in Masur to speak on "Women and Men in Conversation: A Linguistic Approach." This is the NIH Director's Cultural Lecture.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

Vanity Fair Outlet Trip

Finish your holiday shopping early this year while saving enough money to buy yourself a gift! R&W will visit the Vanity Fair Outlets in Reading, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 8. Bus leaves Bldg. 31's C-wing entrance at 7 a.m. and returns to NIH at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, which includes coupon book, lunch coupon, and shopping bag. Call 6-4600 to reserve a seat.

String Quartet Returns

The Manchester String Quartet Series returns for the eighth season on Oct. 21. The lunchtime concerts are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All are welcome. The series is made possible by a grant from the Merck Co. Foundation. Complete 1996-1997 schedule includes: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 3, Apr. 7 and May 19. Call Sharon Greenwell, 6-4713, for more information.

NIEHS Celebrates 30 Years, Opens New Labs

Proud of its recent Nobel Prize, its discoveries of genes for prostate, breast and ovarian cancer, and its pioneering research on lead poisoning, infertility and other environment-related diseases, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences celebrates its 30th anniversary Oct. 29 -- by looking forward.

The birthday also marks the opening of a $48 million module, or wing, containing 57,500 square feet of new laboratory and office space.

North Carolina's business and government representatives have reasons to look happily back over the past 30 years. At the beginning of 1966, NIEHS' future home, Research Triangle Park, N.C., was just an expanse of rocky farmland between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill with lots of big dreams and few tenants.

But before the year was over, the park was set as the future home of both a major facility of IBM and the newly established NIEHS, then called the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. The division achieved institute status in 1969.

According to a local newspaper of the time, the announcements that NIEHS and IBM were coming changed the park from a big idea into a reality, setting it on the road to being the world-recognized and emulated research park still evolving and expanding today.

Research Triangle Foundation, the park's landlord, welcomed the fledgling NIEHS with a 509-acre campus of woodland, azaleas and a large lake that is residence to duck, geese, fish and beaver.

The opening of the new lab addition, NIEHS' fourth major laboratory module, a four-story unit called the F Module, will bring all NIEHS' lab space under one roof. And, with this new wing, the main building of NIEHS jumps from 175,000 square feet of labs and offices to 232,000.

NIEHS will celebrate its 30th birthday outdoors (under a tent, in case of rain) where staff and guests can view the new laboratory module with its elevated walkways connecting to the rest of Bldg. 101.

All are invited to the anniversary program and dedication of the F Module at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the main building at 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park.

FEW Chapter Honored

The Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women received third place in the national organization's membership drive for 1996. The chapter was awarded a check for $50 in appreciation for its efforts. The membership drive at NIH was chaired by Ofc. Shelley Dunham of the NIH Police.

Ski Club To Meet

The NIH Ski Club will hold its first meeting of the season on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8. The trips planned for the 1997 ski season will be discussed. A trip is planned to Austria Feb. 28-Mar. 11. There will be 6 days of skiing (downhill and cross-country) and a stop in Vienna for 3 days prior to returning home. Side trips for sightseeing are also available.

Genome Lecture Series Begins Oct. 17

NCHGR's 1996-1997 Human Genome Lecture Series will begin Oct. 17. The series will feature nine speakers from the fields of molecular biology, technology development and genome research and covers topics that span the breadth of the goals of the Human Genome Project. All lectures take place from 11:30 a.m.-
1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The schedule follows:

Oct. 17: Dr. Randall Scott, Incyte Pharmaceuticals. "Pharmaceutical Applications of High-Throughput DNA Sequencing: Moving Molecular Biology into the Information Age."

Nov. 21: Dr. Gary Karpen, Salk Institute. "Tropical Paradises and Metazoan Centromeres: Molecu-lar-Genetic Analyses of Chromosome Inheritance in Drosophila."

Dec. 19: Dr. Richard Wilson, Washington University. "Genome Analysis by Large Scale DNA Sequencing."

Jan. 16: Dr. Gerald Rubin, University of California, Berkeley. "The Drosophila Genome Project: How Will It Help Us Determine the Function of Human Genes?"

Feb. 20: Dr. Dierdre Meldrum, University of Washington. "Capillary Automated Submicro-liter Sample Preparation for Genome Analysis."

March 1997: To Be Announced

Apr. 17: Dr.Wylie Burke, University of Washington Medical School. "Care of Individuals with an Inherited Predis-position to Cancer."

May 1997: To Be Announced

June 12: Dr. Stanley Fields, University of Washington. "Prospects for Protein Linkage Maps."

For more information, contact NCHGR's Office of Communications, 2-0911. To schedule an appointment with the speaker, contact Dr. Ken Nakamura, 2-0838.

RNA Symposium Planned

The NIH RNA Club is sponsoring the Mid-Atlantic Regional RNA Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 22. It will be held in Rm. E of the Natcher Conference Center beginning at 9 a.m. The meeting will feature talks by speakers from NIH and neighboring institutions, a keynote address by Tom Blumenthal of Indiana University on "Operons in the nematode genome," and a poster session. Talks will cover a range of topics in the areas of RNA metabolism and RNA-protein interactions, including RNA splicing, retroviral RNA transport, RNA editing and translational regulation.

The meeting is free, but preregistration is requested. To register and get more information, access the Web site at or contact Susan Haynes at or Brenda Peculis at

EAP Video Workshop Series Set

This month, the NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will start the 1996-1997 season of its "Tuesdays at the Little Theater" video workshop series with the topic "How to Deal with Difficult People."

The workshops employ a two-part approach: At each session, a segment of an expert speaker's video tape is shown first. Counselors from EAP then lead a group discussion about the topic. Topics address typical workplace issues faced by NIH employees.

The lunch-time, drop-in format makes attending simple. The series is free, requires no registration and is open to all employees. The workshops are held in the Bldg. 10 Visitor Information Center's Little Theater. If you have any questions, contact EAP, 6-3164.

"How to Deal with Difficult People" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Oct. 15, 22; Nov. 5, 12, 19.

FARE Program Rewards Fellows

The Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) this year will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research. The NIH fellows committee, financially supported by the scientific directors and Office of Research on Women's Health, will award 120 basic science and clinical fellows with $1,000 each toward domestic travel and other costs associated with a scientific meeting. This money must be used between Oct. 1, 1996 and Sept. 30, 1997.

Applications, including abstracts, may be electronically submitted to Felcom (see address below), mailed (postmarked) or hand delivered to the Office of Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. 1C129, Attn: Shirley Forehand, between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. Winners will be announced by mid-January 1997. Questions should be directed by email to or to your institute's fellows committee representative. The application form and instructions, as well as examples of last year's winning abstracts, can be accessed at Felcom, the fellows web site,

STEP Forum on Change

The STEP committee will present a forum entitled "Thriving in a World of Change: A Personal Survival Guide," on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. The featured speaker will be Bruce Johnson, president, Making It Clear Communications Group.

Change happens. Whether we like it or not, it is the current reality of our workplace. What can NIH'ers do to minimize the disruption and maximize the benefits? Johnson will motivate, inspire, and provide listeners with information on how to deal with change as it occurs. He will also show how to develop a dream that will get us out of bed in the morning and help us maintain an attitude that will get us through the day.

The forum is open to all NIH staff on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced registration is necessary. Extramural scientist administrator continuing education credit is available. For sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodations, or for more information, contact the STEP office, 5-2769.

Disability Awareness Day Program

The 13th annual Disability Awareness Day Program will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg. auditorium. The theme is "Investing in Abilities."

Cosponsored by a number of NIH components, and the NIH advisory committee for employees with disabilities, the program will feature two keynote speakers: Judy Heumann, assistant secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education; and Richard Pimentel, senior partner, Milt Wright & Associates of Chatsworth, Calif. Comedian Ken Glickman will entertain.

In addition there will be an expo, featuring technological advances for people with disabilities, at the Natcher auditorium level from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For reasonable accommodation, contact Carlton Coleman, 6-2906 voice, 2-8014 TTY.

1997-98 Management Cadre Program Opens

The leadership development committee and the Division of Workforce Development announce the 1997-98 NIH Management Cadre Program, a highly competitive program designed to provide leadership training and developmental opportunities for high-potential NIH employees and prepare them for future leadership positions here. NIH is committed to ensuring that access to the program is available to women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.

Application for the program is open to employees at grades 12, 13, or 14, on a career or career-conditional full-time appointment for at least 1 year prior to
Dec.3, 1996.

Application packages will be mailed upon request; call the Division of Workforce Development, 6-6211. Applications must be completed and received by ICD personnel offices by Dec. 3. For more information, contact: Pauline Irwin, program manager at DWD, 2-3385, e-mail:

Jiu-Jitsu Club Welcomes Newcomers

The NIH Jiu-Jitsu Club is welcoming new members. The club meets each Thursday evening from 8:30 to 10 and each Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3 in the Malone Fitness Center, Bldg. 31C, Rm. B4C18. The club stresses mastery of practical self-defense skills, of traditional Jiu-Jitsu techniques (striking, grappling, locking, throwing) and developing fitness and flexibility. The monthly membership fee is $20. For more information contact Dr. Peter Basser, 5-1949.

Workshop on Membrane Lipids

The Structural Biology Interest Group is sponsoring a workshop on the importance of global membrane organization in the control and function of integral membrane proteins. The 1-day conference will take place Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Lister Hill Center. In addition to NIH scientists and their collaborators, invited leaders in rhodopsin research who will participate are Dr. Walther Stockenius, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Max Planck Institute; Dr. Thomas Ebrey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Dr. Mostafa El-Sayed, Georgia Tech. For registration and more details contact Dr. Richard Hendler, 6-2610; fax 2-1519 or email

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